Dr Rahaf Aldoughli


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I recently passed my PhD viva (with no corrections) in Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University with a specialisation in historical and contemporary national theories and narratives in the Middle East. My areas of research expertise include identifying the ideological borrowings between European natioanalism and Arab natioanl theories, the rise of nation-state in the Middle East, the Syria crisis, militarism and construction of masculinism in the Arab world.

My research also focuses on the rise of nation-states in the Middle East, associating it with the perpetuation of militarism, despotism and fundamentalism. My research analyses militarism in the Arab context not only as an institution used by the state, but also as an ideology that perpetuates masculinity and gender bias.

My first monograph based on masculinity in Syrian natioanlism is now under review by Cambridge University Press.


External positions

LSE Visiting Fellow

1 Mar 20181 Mar 2019


  • gender, Middle East, history, masculinism

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Social Science, Constructing the Nation: Gender Bias and Masculinism in Syrian Nationalism, Lancaster University (2013 - 2017)

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